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January 19, 2011

My Query Letter: The Typewriter

A few years ago I realized it was time to take writing seriously. I decided to buy something that would make me feel more like a writer. I bought an old Remington that actually worked.

I love the thing, and when I finished my first book I wanted to make my query letter unique. I decided to type them up on the Remington. It was a real act of dedication. Typos resulted in having to start from scratch, but the letters looked great.

When I eventually signed with my agency, I told them about the type-written query letters (I submitted to them via email so they never got one). They scratched their heads and finally said my brilliantly and painstakingly typed queries had probably resulted in a lot of people thinking I was a really old person who didn't know how to use a computer.


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